Affiliation: University of Girona, ES
Keywords: Cell Biology, Reproductive Biology, Cryobiology, Infertility, Sperm, Oocyte, Embryo, Animal Reproduction, Human Reproduction
Marc graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Girona University, an MSc in Biotechnology, and earned a European PhD in Reproductive Biology. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Political and Social Sciences from UNED. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (2006-2007) and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at the Faculty of Human Medicine, University of Girona (2008). In 2011, he moved to the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Autonomous University of Barcelona, as a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He lectured Reproductive Technology and Physiology of Obstetrics, and Animal Reproduction at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, Marc joined the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, as a Marie Curie Fellow, and began to lecture in the MSc in Clinical Embryology, in which he is still involved. In 2016, he moved back to Girona University as a Senior Research Fellow (Ramón y Cajal). Currently, Marc is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the Department of Biology, University of Girona, and Director at TechnoSperm, TECNIO Centre for Reproductive Biotechnology. He teaches at the Faculties of Human Medicine, Nursing and Sciences, at the Polytechnic School, and for the MSc in Food Biotechnology, and in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine. In addition, he has been a Guest Lecturer at Oxford University (UK), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), University of Alicante (Spain), Antonio Nariño University (Colombia), Federal University of Lavras (Brazil) and University of Murcia (Spain).
Marc is a Senior Editor of Scientific Reports (the multidisciplinary journal of Nature publishing group); an Associate Editor of Reproduction, Fertility and Development (CSIRO Publishing), Frontiers in Physiology (Frontiers), Frontiers in Endocrinology (Frontiers), and Animal Reproduction Science (Elsevier); a Section Editor of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (MDPI) and Biology (MDPI); and an Editorial Board Member of Theriogenology and Cryobiology (Elsevier). He has been a peer reviewer for more than 90 scientific journals, and an expert evaluator for research grants at different funding agencies, including AEI, Spain; BBRSC, UK; Teagasc, Ireland; Marie Curie-COFUND, EU; NSERC, Canada; CONCYT, Argentina; MRC, UK; NSC, Poland; Lalor Foundation, USA; NWO, The Netherlands; and GACR, Czech Republic.
His research has tackled different angles of Reproductive Biology in mammals (including humans, pigs, cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, mice, cats and dogs): sperm physiology (including sperm capacitation), interactions of sperm with epithelial cells from different reproductive tissues (epididymis and fallopian tube/oviduct), presence and growth of microbes in semen and implications for its preservation, sperm cryopreservation, cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos, genetics of infertility, oocyte activation deficiency, in vitro maturation of oocytes and fertility preservation.
Marc’s track-record includes more than 270 publications: >160 papers and >90 abstracts in SCI/JCR-indexed journals, mostly Q1-ranked. In addition, he has authored 5 articles in non-scientific, dissemination journals, 12 book chapters (editor in 3), and >180 contributions to congresses (20 as invited, plenary speaker), and is an inventor of a patent. He has taken part in more than 100 research grants and contracts with companies (national and international), including funding from the European Commission (FP7 and H2020 schemes), retaining the PI role in >35. Thus far, Marc has supervised 8 PhD students, 5 post-docs, 21 MSc students and >40 undergraduate students.
Finally, Marc’s teaching and research activities have been recognized at both national and international levels. He was habilitated as a Full Professor by the Catalan Agency for Quality Assessment of Universities (AQU) and by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation, Spain (ANECA), and was awarded with the I3, Outstanding Research Certificate (Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain) in 2019. In addition, he was elected as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK) in 2015, and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB, UK) in 2020.